When I watched the news yesterday, there was a report of a SEPTA bus accident on the Schuylkill Expressway near the Montgomery Avenue exit. According to news reports, the SEPTA bus rear-ended a dump truck. Four passengers were injured. *Source: www. abclocal.go.com
When I saw paramedics putting passengers on gurneys and into the ambulance, I thought of what might be going through the injured passengers minds at that moment.
I have helped SEPTA passengers in bus accidents, and from my experience, they are very worried about their medical expenses. Further, when they are discharged from the hospital, they probably don’t know what they should do legally.
If the injured passengers are seriously injured, they most likely want to bring suit against SEPTA. Pursuant to Pennsylvania law, injured SEPTA passengers may sue SEPTA if the injuries were caused by the negligence of the bus driver. Though details of how the accident happened are unclear, the SEPTA bus driver in this recent accident may not have been paying attention and rear-ended the dump truck.
However, in order to file suit against SEPTA, there are certain legal steps passengers must take. For example, injured passengers must give notice to SEPTA that they intend to make a claim within 6 months of the accident. The notice must contain information such as the name and address of the person seeking to file a claim, the date and hour that the accident happened and other things. For a complete list of required information in the notice, see What You Need To Know About Suing SEPTA For Your Injuries Sustained In A Bus Accident (Part B)
If notice is not given within 6 months, any lawsuit filed, even though it is within Pennsylvania’s 2 year statute of limitations, may be dismissed. Therefore, it is important that injured passengers talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer who understands the legal requirements of bringing a lawsuit against SEPTA.
If you were injured in a bus accident caused by the negligence of a SEPTA operator and would like to discuss your legal rights, call the experienced Philadelphia car and bus accident lawyers at White and Williams LLP for a free initial consultation.
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